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What is Thanksgiving Without Pumpkin Pie?

Pumpkin is just a very healthy fresh fruit -- not a vegetable as most folks believe. Its scientific name is "cucurbita maxima," which shows the likelihood of its "maximum" size.


In fact, The Entire World Pumpkin Federation rep... Pumpkin pie is standard fare at most Thanksgiving feasts. Many of us enjoy eating it for dessert one per year.


However, if you should be tired of that heavy, special bit of pie at the end with this already-filling dinner, consider these interesting choices. Pumpkin is really a very nutritionally beneficial good fresh fruit -- not a vegetable since many of us believe. Its scientific name is "cucurbita maxima," which reflects the likelihood of its "maximum" size. Actually, The Planet Pumpkin Federation reports the greatest pumpkin actually grown weighed a lot more than 1000 pounds!




You can find about 26 kinds of pumpkin, ranging in color from bright orange to light yellow and green. You can find pumpkin combined into sauces, soups, key meals, sweets (other than pies) and even drinks.


Here are a few different tips to get your culinary juices flowing: pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin-chicken soup, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin treats, scones, cookies, bars and breads, pumpkin butter, pumpkin-pecan cheesecake, pumpkin alcohol, pumpkin fudge,and pumpkin creme brulee.


Recipes for these and a number of other pumpkin dishes are plentiful and easily available at your chosen on line menu site when you put "pumpkin" in the search field provided by the site.


And, if you would like to start out a brand new pumpkin convention, roasted pumpkin seeds are easy-to--make and never as time-consuming as baking a pumpkin pie. It is a great multi-generational activity which may be enjoyed by kids all the way around seniors as your Thanksgiving Day unfolds.




Listed here are step-by-step directions:


take away the pulp and fibers and Rinse the seeds in cold water, then drain and blot dry. Coat pumpkin seeds with melted butter or vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with salt or your preferred seasoning. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.


One four lb pumpkin will provide approximately two glasses of seeds. If you roast a number of the seeds and plant others, next year you will have your own pumpkin patch. Then you can choose from pumpkins you have grown for use in recipes, thereby starting another convention for you and your household!

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